West Texas Rehab treats brothers with spina bifida

West Texas Rehab treats brothers with spina bifida

ABILENE, TX (KSWO) –Hayzan will turn two in April, and spends his free time playing ball with his brothers, helping out in the pig barn and checking cows with his dad. But a couple times a week, he comes to the West Texas Rehab Center.

"His progress since he started here has been incredible," said Jodi Smith, Hayzan's mom.

Hayzan started physical therapy when he was 13 months old to help treat the rare condition of spina bifida.

"He was not able to roll over on his own, or sit on his own and he couldn't crawl. So, we started working on getting him to those milestones that he needed to reach," explained Megan Cheek, a physical therapist at WTRC.

Oh how those milestones have been surpassed.

"He's quite mobile now. He is now able to rollover and come up to sit, move over to hands and knees and crawl around on his own. He's pulling to stand to furniture, our ultimate goal is to get him standing and walking," Cheek explained.

But it hasn't been easy for the Smith family. Hayzan's older brother, Riggin, also has spina bifida. So for mom and dad, they knew they were given a big responsibility.

"I pretty much gave it to God and just told him, 'Look, this is what we got, we're not going to give up on him, you haven't given up on us so we'll just give it to him and see what happens,'" said Justin Smith, Hayzan and Riggin's dad.

Thanks to the West Texas Rehab Center, the Smith family is able to work with what they have, and give their boys everything they need.

"If it wasn't for the rehab, I'm not sure if our kids could have the things that they need and been able to accomplish the things they've accomplished if it wasn't for the West Texas Rehab," Jodi Smith said.

West Texas Rehab is holding their 46th annual telethon Saturday, Jan. 16. You can watch it on KSWO from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., and from 10:30 p.m. until midnight.

If you'd like to make a pledge to help a family, like the Smiths, you can call 1-877-437-3120 during the telethon.

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